Welcome Message

The Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center is dedicated to the central practice of awakening. The activities of the Center cultivate awareness of the essential beauty and dignity of life coming from full engagement with life-as-it-is.

The Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center is named after Jikai Dainin Katagiri Roshi, the root teacher of Joen Snyder O'Neal and Michael O'Neal. Jikai, Compassionate Ocean, refers to reality itself, which always holds us and bathes us with compassion. Even though we may not be aware of it, even though we may be experiencing a lot of suffering, still we are held in the great ocean of Buddha's compassion.

The Center offers programs in Zen practice and study as well as programs in mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.

Special Notice:  There will be a summer break from sangha gatherings for the month of August.  Please join us for our Hokyoji Practice Period.  See details below.

Practice Period at Hokyoji Practice Center Located in Southeastern Minnesota
Seven-day practice period:  Monday Aug. 25, 5:00 P.M. – Monday, Sept. 1, 2:00 P.M.
Retreat only:  Friday Aug. 29, 7:00 P.M. – Monday, Sept. 1, 2:00 P.M


Fall Program Highlights

• Introductory Programs in Mindfulness offered in Minneapolis and St. Paul - Tuesdays or Thursdays beginning week of September 23, 2014

• Buddhist Studies course – Mindfulness with Breathing

• One-day Retreat – Saturday, September 27

• Weekend Retreat – Friday, Oct. 24 - Sunday, Oct. 26

• Rohatsu: Buddha’s Enlightenment Sesshin – Monday, Dec. 1 - Saturday, Dec. 6

The registration form is available here for printing and mailing or you may register online.